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The DIMAcast provides the best-of-the-best DIMA education sessions and exclusive content via podcast anytime you want it, and at your convenience.  It provides a way to make consumer and professional education fun and interesting.  You will learn about advances in new technology, the latest trends in imaging, photo/image marketing tips and techniques, and more.  The DIMA podcasts bring education and industry information directly to you.



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Sep 15, 2014 Brian Mundy
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On today DIMAcast I interview Mark Coleman VP of Paul's Photo and creative director of the Creative Photo Academy CPA. Mark Comon shares with us A little bit about his trip to Cuba and the upcoming photo adventure to Cuba as well. We also start the shed some light on our upcoming new show “The Photo Guys” join us on Facebook as we ramp up for the launch of the show. The Photo Guys on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/805761716112659/members/ PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the...
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Aug 11, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Timeshel sells subs for regular print deliveries A new startup is succeeding with an old business model: subscriptions. offers monthly prints, delivered in an attractive and innovative package.In this episode of the DIMAcast, co-founder Phillip Anema tells us how and why he first came up with the idea, and how he and his partner got the product out the door. http://www.timeshel.co PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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How does a 90 year old company in a “mature downtown” stay fresh without breaking the bank? Wolfe’s Camera in Topeka, Kansas gave the team a free hand to “make it fresh”. By using lots of creativity, plenty of brain power, hours of discussion and a few gallons of paint both the store and the team were revitalized. Creative displays, brighter colors and more open spaces created a shopper’s dream, a place to wander, browse and dream what can be done with their pictures. The transcript...
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Jul 28, 2014 Brian Mundy
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PMDA Executive Director Jerry Grossman fills us in on the revelations and discussions at the manufacturers association’s second Digital Imaging symposium. Their recent conference covered business and consumer issues such as photo and video mobile apps; Google Glass and its effect on the future of photography; 3D printing; and the influence of social media on photography. PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts...
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Jul 7, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Reaching out to help others is good citizenship and can be good for business. That wasn’t Precision Camera’s motivation but it was the result. By partnering with the Boot Campaign Precision Camera was able to generate more traffic to their Expo while setting a record for Boot Campaign’s sales. Proceeds from Boot Campaign go to support returning military personnel and/or their families. The campaign was started in 2009 by five “boot girls” who met at a fund raiser and felt they could...
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Jun 30, 2014 Brian Mundy
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    Advances in Mobile Imaging… leave plenty of room for improvement Recently both Apple and Amazon debuted new online services for customers taking phone photos. However, there is much more that can and needs to be done in the still-young field of Mobile Imaging. For a discussion of some of the latest advances, we turn to Suite 48 Analytics’ Hans Hartman for a wide-ranging talk. PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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Jun 9, 2014 Brian Mundy
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In “The New Corporate Facts Of Life,” consultant Diana Rivenburgh tells business leaders how to build sustainable, profitable organizations, create leading-edge strategies, develop strong leaders, transform cultures, and engage stakeholders. She profiles companies large and small, including a long look at the UPS delivery service. Rivenburgh is president and CEO of Strategic Imperatives. In this episode of the DIMAcast, she tells us how effective leaders can see opportunities for...
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Jun 2, 2014 Brian Mundy
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You think it’s not possible, but it is . . . one store, one location that four years in a row is considered the best electronics store in the country by Consumer Electronics, beating out all the national chains and perceived “powerhouses”. Consistently voted one of the best places to work in Illinois. One building that houses 1,250 employees catering to the ever need of Abt Electronics customers. It’s a great story with some plain Midwest wisdom along with Chicago flare that causes...
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Entrepreneur Scott Addis provides plenty of good business advice in this episode of the DIMAcast. Addis runs a 70-person insurance brokerage, and was a finalist for Inc. magazine's “Entrepreneur of the Year.” His new book, “Summit: Reach Your Peak And Elevate Your Customers' Experience” tells how to grow your company, and improve yourself as well. PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on Facebook...
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May 22, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Low-cost is a relative term when it comes to medium-format photography and the larger sensors it requires, but Ricoh Imaging’s newest SLR will be “only” $8,500 — a category-low, the company says. The Pentax 645Z SLR features a 51-megapixel sensor, with a 43.8mm x 32.8mm imaging area that is approximately 1.7 times larger than that of a 35mm full-size sensor. It captures three frames per second. In this episode of the DIMAcast, Ricoh Imaging executive vice president Jim Malcolm tells us...
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May 12, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Eyefi has launched a new simplified version of its WiFi-enabled SD card, now with Cloud storage. Co-founder Ziv Gillat joins us on the DIMAcast to talk about his beginning as professional photographer, the development of the Eyefi card, and his upcoming demonstrations at The Big Photo Show of how professional shoopters can use WiFi in their workflow. “Focus on your subject and what you’re shooting,” he says, “while everything else occurs automatically.” PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans...
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May 5, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Three Hundred Thousand Subscribers and over A Hundred Thousand Friends can’t be wrong – can they? They know that Fro Knows Photo a source of photo knowledge unknown four years ago. Jared Polin, former camera store salesman and professional photographer didn’t plan to be an Internet personality and fount of photo knowledge. Jared shares how he found that people were coming to him for information so he “pivoted” his professional photographic business to now be a go-to guy for consumers...
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Apr 28, 2014 Brian Mundy
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DIMAcast 384 “The smartphone and the tablet have become simultaneously a concierge for shoppers and an ambassador for brands,” says Networld Media Group.  In this episode of the DIMAcast, analyst Joseph Grove tells us about his new report that provides retailers with important information regarding consumer use of mobile apps. For the report, his team surveyed a broad demographic range of consumers for their opinions and preferences regarding retail applications for smartphones and...
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Apr 21, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Vahe Christianian is the founder and now vice-president of business development at LifePics. In this episode of the DIMAcast, he shares his expertise in retail and online photofinishing, and discusses future possibilities in 3D solid output. PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/3DGuy Jennifer Kruger jkruger@pmai.org Paul Worthington    Senior Analyst, Consumer Imaging...
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Mar 31, 2014 Brian Mundy
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DIMAcast 384 Make Them Happy And Take Their Money . . . that’s what builds profitable, repeat and referral traffic. You make people happy by having fun, creating excitement and exceeding expectations. Nobody seems to have more fun in the imaging world than the team at Horn Photo in Fresno, California. Whether it’s owner Stan Grosz walking down the busy thoroughfare in a clown suit honking a bulbous horn with a sale sign or staff engaging customers on a daily basis . . . Horn Photo always...
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Mar 24, 2014 Brian Mundy
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But why do the presenters take the stage? In this episode of the DIMAcast, we talk with Blue Pixel founder Kevin T Gilbert and  author and educator Erin Manning about why they enjoy being at PMA’s new event, and how speaking there can benefit anyone’s business. PMA TV http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/3DGuy Jennifer Kruger jkruger@pmai.org Paul Worthington   ...
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Mar 17, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Software developer ArcSoft has been offering imaging technologies to OEMs for many years. It recently developed a free app for mobile phones that lets users try out different looks — and that exposed its facial recognition to a wider audience. Now the company is also branching out into home security. Marketing director Caroline Tien-Spalding also tells us of the work the company is doing in access and management, developing greater imaging intelligence to help us find the specific photos we...
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Mar 10, 2014 Brian Mundy
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On this episode of the DIMAcast, Chris Lydle, owner of Chris’ Camera Center in Aiken, SC, and author of a new book, The Photo Booth Book – A business guide to photo booth rentals, offers tips and advice on making money with photo booths. Listen in and hear his advice for buying a photo booth vs. building your own, the biggest mistakes most people make with photo booths, the best thing you can do to be profitable with photo booths, and more. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit...
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Mar 3, 2014 Brian Mundy
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The rumor was his mug sales were up 700% in December, his mouse pads up 500% - and this is a 20 year old lab, not some tiny start-up. Could this kind of growth be possible? Bill McCurry was in the UK to address a Fuji Retailers Conference as well as the PMA Retail Seminars. Bill grabbed his DIMAcast microphone and snuck into Pete Davies’ studio between a portrait shooting and a commercial account to bring you the unique story. A twenty year old lab goes against “conventional wisdom” to...
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Feb 24, 2014 Brian Mundy
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On May 17-18, 2014, The Big Photo Show (www.thebigphotoshow.com) is returning to Los Angeles, where the very inaugural event in this new series of consumer-facing photography shows was held last year. On this episode of the DIMAcast, two of the people behind The Big Photo Show, Melissa Aldrich and Jim Esp of PMA, explain why this event is important to anyone who does business in the Los Angeles area – and to the entire imaging industry as whole. Discover what this event has to offer, and...
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Feb 17, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Lars Perkins sold his Picassa imaging service to Google — and now he’s back with Relive, which is all about a “zero-touch user experience” for ordering products. The app can take just 30 seconds to create and order a custom photo gift. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/3DGuy Paul Worthington    Senior Analyst, Consumer Imaging...
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Feb 10, 2014 Brian Mundy
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             During 2014 PMA@CES in January, John Segall, formerly Vice President of Business Development and now a consultant of Lifetouch, received the PMA Hall of Fame award, PMA’s highest honor, which is bestowed in recognition of extraordinary service to the imaging industry. On this episode of the DIMAcast, John shares the remarkable account of his family’s history, how his business got its start and how his company grew to become an extraordinary success. Listen in to his...
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Feb 3, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Probably the best known viral success in photo related videos is The Battle At F Stop Ridge by The Camera Store of Calgary, Alberta. With over 2-1/2 million hits Peter Jeune shares how he and his team create videos that keep 75,000 current subscribers happy and coming back for more. Bill McCurry uncovers Peter’s philosophy on building a team that can create blockbuster videos while still taking care of their customers, this week’s Marketing Idea Exchange on the DIMAcast. PMA TV and PMA Plus...
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Jan 27, 2014 Brian Mundy
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Don Hutcheson of HutchColor helped develop many of the color management tools and techniques photofinishers today can take for granted. At PMA@CES 2014, Hutcheson presented an overview of color management tools and workflows, in a session sponsored by Benq. In this interview, he details the issues that first drove his work in the field, and what challenges accurate color presents for photo printers in the future. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on...
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This week’s DIMACast features a special guest interviewer, Laura Mundy (Brian’s wife) and her interview with Carlos and Denise Bastos from Biografia Fotostudio in Santos, Brazil.  During the interview at one of their photo studios, Laura talks with Carlos and Denise about their services, products and strategies for building a successful portrait studio business.  How they build long-lasting relationships with their clients and how they become the historian for documenting the lives of...
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Jan 13, 2014 Brian Mundy
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What happens when you don’t deliver on customer expectations? Or when the customer believes something different should have happened? You can lose a customer or learn ways to keep their patronage and make them into Ardent Ambassadors. The DIMA audience discussed how to do this both in store and on-line last week during the DIMA sessions of PMA@CES. You can listen in to parts of their suggestions on this week’s Marketing Idea Exchange DIMAcast with Bill McCurry. You’ll hear how to...
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Jan 6, 2014 Brian Mundy
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                           I don't think that we even want to use the gallery as a way to create sales. It's not a place to sell. It's a place to enjoy photography.                   In an era when short sighted management is chasing ephemeral ROI, Hunt’s Photo and Video realizes that not all the right decisions can be run through a ROI matrix. Scott Farber and Mike Mitchell discuss their recent remodeling and why “that's one of the big things with retail going...
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Dec 29, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Improving your business with online services, storage, and processing Innovative recent technologies are now mature enough to base your business on them — and in so doing, save money, and bring computational features to many employees for whom it would not have been practical before. That’s the word from Michael Spadaro, founder, president and chief IT specialist of Profound Cloud, which offers managed IT and cloud solutions that it says “help businesses achieve greater mobility, agility,...
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Dec 16, 2013 Brian Mundy
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They’re not tag-teaming the presentation just to better fill the stage: the two speakers for “Just Say ‘Yes,’ The Evolution of Chance Encounter” are in fact acting out in evidence of their primary proposition: we need to work together. We’re talking two presidents here: Julie Morris of FotoBridge, and Cathi Nelson of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. The two women met through PMA, and saw how their companies could aid each other. Now they will be offering their insights...
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Dec 9, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Online apparel and footwear sales site Zappos was established in 1999. It was the first online retailer to offer free 365-day returns. The overall Zappos family of businesses generates gross merchandise sales exceeding $1 billion annually, it reports. Zappos is well known for its extreme approach to customer service. How can such responses prove profitable in the long run? It’s all part of what the company calls its Culture of Service. At PMA@CES 2014, Culture Evangelist Jon Wolske will tell...
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Dec 2, 2013 Brian Mundy
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If you’re not sure how the video aspect of SLR’s is changing our industry, open your ears and eyes for this week’s DIMAcast. Barry Andersson of DSLR Dynamics has just completed a 30 city North America tour teaching current and future cinematographers how to maximize the benefits of movie making with a DSLR. It’s not the same technique as shooting stills. Video with SLR’s is helping sustain the sales of SLR’s. Barry and Bill McCurry explore some of the additional accessories and...
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Nov 25, 2013 Brian Mundy
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In the photography business we’ve long thought of “enthusiasts” as those who are really into taking pictures. But today, almost everyone is really into taking pictures, and enthusiasts are those who are really into other hobbies — and who are buying new cameras that are best suited to capturing their activities. iON makes mountable “action cameras” with WiFi connectivity that have been widely used by skateboarders, bikers, skiers, and other extreme athletes. What other users will...
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Nov 19, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Learning new ways to utilize social media can be a challenge for all of us. There are so many platforms business owners and operators have to stay informed about – but one of the most important social media sites for the imaging industry is Pinterest. On this episode of the DIMAcast, DIMA 2014 speaker Georgia McCabe returns to focus on how you can use this powerful site to engage with your online audience, drive traffic to your site, and increase your bottom line. PMA TV and PMA Plus...
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Nov 11, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Dodd Camera began as Dodd Co. more than 120 years ago. The Cleveland, Ohio-based business began as a drafting and engineering supplier, branched into photography in the 1920s, and over the decades has evolved into a 17-store photo specialty retailer. In this episode of the DIMAcast, Dodd Camera President Mark Leonard – who started with the company as a stock boy in 1978 – shares more about the interesting history of this company, how it has remained successful for so long, and how it has...
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Nov 4, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Significant sales growth in a declining market . . . How does Leederville Camera beat its peers? Could it be the three baristas on staff? Or the clean store without ‘messy’ manufacturers’ displays? What about the displays showing how your camera can make large images on canvas, metal, paper or a variety of substrates? Could it be the magic of multiple buyers in the store encouraging others to buy? Maybe the $269 for two hours of private tutoring? Listen to this week’s DIMAcast. Then...
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Oct 28, 2013 Brian Mundy
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To succeed as a professional shooter today you have to be efficient at business, and a skilled artisan at photography. Dave Stock began his professional career almost 40 years ago as an action sports photographer working for a wide range of commercial and editorial clients. He’ll be sharing his expertise at PMA@CES 2014, and in this episode he gives us a preview of what we can learn in his upcoming presentation. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on...
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Oct 21, 2013 Brian Mundy
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At the new Kodak Alaris, Ed Monahan is now worldwide strategy director. He’ll be joining us at PMA@CES 2014 with an overview of what’s changing in the photography and print publishing business, and what it will take to profit in the years ahead. In this episode of the DIMAcast, Monahan previews that presentation and discusses the changes that have hit other industries that picture business must now face PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on...
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Oct 14, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Today on the DIMAcast we have an interview with Dave Carroll and Bob Khoury. You may remember Dave from DIMAcast 329 in March 2013 – he’s the guy behind the 2009 YouTube music video ‘United Breaks Guitars,’ which became one of the most viral videos ever. Joining him is Bob Khoury is from Showcase Photo and Video in Atlanta. Dave and Bob met during the PRO convention, and thie conversation led to Dave producing a song and helping to create a Youtube video for Showcase. Hear them share...
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Oct 7, 2013 Brian Mundy
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When the owners of venerable Duncan and Write store outside Toronto announced they were retiring, Farley Rattray knew he had to sell his existing store and “upgrade” his ownership to the larger better established store. Farley shares his secrets how he sold the existing store to a happy owner and has remade Duncan and Wright Foto Source into his own image. Hear it now on DIMAcast.com and read the transcript which includes numerous images of the new store. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing...
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Sep 30, 2013 Brian Mundy
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At the PMA Conferences just before 2014 PMA@CES early in January, photo industry veteran and social media consultant Georgia McCabe will be helping attendees take full advantage of these powerful online marketing tools. On this episode of the DIMAcast, she offers tips on keeping up in the constantly changing world of media, and getting the results you want. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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Sep 23, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Kodak completed the final steps in its restructuring, and emerged from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company “serving imaging for business markets – including packaging, functional printing, graphic communications and professional services.” Notice there’s no word there of the products and services we in the photography business think of when we think of “Kodak.” That’s because Kodak spun-off its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses to the pension plan of Kodak’s...
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Sep 16, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Hobbyist photographers are key buyers and influencers Which customers should you pay more attention to: the ones who come in to your store in greater numbers, or the ones who walk out with more purchases-per-person? Research firm InfoTrends says its surveys over the years have “consistently shown that those who identify themselves as Hobbyist or Advanced Hobbyist photographers produce significantly more printed products than those that identify themselves as Snapshot or Family Memory-Keeper...
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The holiday season is fast approaching. Do you have your plans in place? On this episode of the DIMAcast, Jen interviews retailing expert and management coach Dan Riley, who began his 38-year career in retail as a bag boy, and climbed all the way to Vice President of Operations for Ralph’s/Kroger, where he managed $50 million in sales -- each week. Riley talks about the little things you can do to help make the most of your holiday sales. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit...
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Sep 2, 2013 Brian Mundy
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What makes a 69 year old store owner go into debt to totally refurbish and reinvent his 125 year old camera store? Where’d he get the inspiration and vision? Where’s the future? How’s he going to attract the new customer? You’ll hear this and more in this week’s DIMAcast with Fred Terry and Beth Luther. Check out the transcript with 30 pictures to give you display and layout ideas. The future is there for those who move toward it with enthusiasm. Beth and Fred’s enthusiasm is...
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Aug 26, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Looking for more cool timelapse videos? Look no further than Primelapse, a new curated sharing site solely dedicated to accelerated imagery. Put together by Triggertrap, the makers of creative camera triggering solutions, the site offers “inspiration, how-to-tips and community support for anyone looking to try out the technique, or seasoned vets looking for some eye candy,” the Bristol, UK-based company says. There are already more than 1,300 videos on the site, and they come from more than...
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Aug 19, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Online pro service PhotoShelter is revamping its portfolio offering with Beam, which it bills as a “cutting edge photography website platform. Beam lets you easily create a striking, responsive website that looks great on virtually any screen size.” Beam works with PhotoShelter’s image archive, client sharing and delivery tools, and eCommerce platform, “to deliver the most engaging and compelling way for photographers to present their work online,” the company says. Beam is an...
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Aug 13, 2013 Brian Mundy
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More proven ideas are the meat of this week’s DIMAcast including Neil McBain (McBain Camera Foto Source, Edmonton, AB) who did three day’s of normal business in three hours, fifteen things that should be suggested to every customer from PMA President Allen Showalter, (King Photo, Harrisonburg, VA), ways to communicate camera benefits to cell camera users from Brian Noble (Noble’s Camera, Hingham, MA) and effective community building and customer affiliations on Facebook from Mark Comon...
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Aug 5, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Proven ideas are the safest and best to boost your results. This week’s DIMAcast is live from the PRO Convention with short “Brain Buzzes” covering a variety of topics to enhance your bottom line. Peter Michael (Michael’s, Melbourne, VIC, Australia) shares his success producing photographic wall paper, Eric Vitwar (Tuttle Cameras, Long Beach, CA) used technology to handle 15,000 people that weren’t his customers to convert some into being his customers, Austin Pittman (Bedford Camera...
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Jul 29, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Whether you’re a retailer selling cameras, a photographer selling a session, or a service provider selling prints or retouching — it does all come down to sales. Consultant John Graham has some self-admittedly contrarian ideas on improving your sales, and in this episode of the DIMAcast, he shares six top tips for “Going Against The Tide To Move Forward in Sales.” http://www.johnrgraham.com PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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The Marketplace Fairness Act gives States the ability to collect tax revenue from large remote on line sellers. PMA President Allen Showalter asks the bill’s author, Congressman Steve Womack (R-Arkansas) how the bill will impact imaging firms and their communities live from the PRO Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. PMA has stated its support of this legislation, but it does have some foes. Allen asks the Congressman to outline his motivation for the bill and explores issues raised by the...
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Jul 15, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Athentech Imaging has evolved its Perfectly Clear technology from dedicated software for photo printing labs to desktop plug-ins to mobile apps. In this episode of the DIMAcast, Athentech president Brad Malcolm shares his overview of the photography software market, where it might be headed, and how mobile continues to affect the overall imaging industry. http://www.athentech.com. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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Jul 8, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Boulder-based Mike's Camera grew significantly in both its home state and California — taking over shut-down Ritz locations, the chain grew from 3 to 13 stores. In this episode of the DIMAcast, Mike’s CFO Jirair Christianian explains why the time was right for the expansion, how well it’s working so far, and what goes into the company’s retailing success. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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Surrounded by competition, Genevieve Goupil of Gosselin Photo in Quebec designs their stores to “Wow!” their customers. In this week’s DIMAcast she tells Bill McCurry how the competition “dared her to invest” and create an interactive environment that compels customers to return. Goupil discusses the display secrets of color and store layout that makes the Gosselin stores wildly successful. Listen to Genevieve and view over 40 pictures of the store in the pdf downloadable transcript....
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Jun 24, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Once you upload an image online, is it all-but out of your hands forever? Can you sell it once, but then sit by as your work is stolen and misused by others? Or can you find out wherever and whenever someone appropriates your art? Image Witness founder Matt Johnson says yes, you can protect your pictures with his service — which offers a free trial at http://www.imagewitness.com. In this episode of the DIMAcast, find out how and why he started the company, and how it can work for you and...
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Jun 17, 2013 Brian Mundy
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The culture of your company can be stifling the growth you need to survive. How can you evolve and improve this culture? In this episode of the DIMAcast, Coach Michael Burt provides four steps to “overcoming the chaos, and taming the 10,000-pound gorilla in your midst.” Burt is the coauthor of “Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle.” www.coachburt.com PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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Jun 10, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Your employees’ performance and attitude are key factors in the success of your business. Doug Fleener of Dynamic Experiences Group provides expert advice on how to maximize them. “I believe that almost all employees want to do a good job,” he says. “And for the most part, they do. Even so, we do from time to time end up with someone who isn't meeting our expectations.” In this episode of the DIMAcast, Fleener discuses several ways managers and owners can address these issues. PMA TV...
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Jun 2, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Bill McCurry had his microphone and note pad out at The Big Photo Show listening to consumers and asking them about their photographic experiences . . . you can listen in at this week’s DIMAcast . . . Bill records some of the interviews for you to hear, he has made a small “photo album” and included that in the transcript. You’ll also hear some PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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May 27, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Calumet succeeding in retail, rebrands Penn stores A little more than a year ago, Penn Camera was in bankruptcy, and Calumet Photographic. purchased three of its locations in the Washington, DC area. Since the acquisition, Calumet says it has “continued the legacy built by the family brand,” while serving thousands of local customers. Now Calumet Photographic, an international specialty photo retailer launched in Chicago in 1939, is rebranding those stores under its own name. “These three...
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May 20, 2013 Brian Mundy
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A new book claims you can boost your business by strategically using the Pinterest website. The social bookmarking site that allows users to create a visual, online pinboard with images around topics of their choice. According to “Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business” by Karen Leland, it’s the fastest growing social media site in history, and now the third-largest network after Facebook and Twitter. It has more than 25 million members and 10 million unique...
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May 13, 2013 Brian Mundy
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In this week’s DIMAcast, Mike Kahn of Sony talks about his company’s experience at The Big Photo Show. Listen and discover who the most passionate photography consumers are and what they are most interested in; how Kahn knew The Big Photo Show would be a hit when others doubted; and how he suggests photo business can capitalize on the enthusiasm for imaging among consumers today. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook...
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May 5, 2013 Brian Mundy
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We know building the right team is critical to our business – yet we often miss this critical step of management. Phil Wrzsinksi (The Toy House, Jackson, MI) is back on the DIMAcast telling Bill McCurry how crafting a team is like a potter’s wheel, if you faithfully follow a consistent process you can make beautiful unique things. Failing basic steps will lead to piles of broken pottery or frustrated organizations. Listen (or read the transcript) as Phil shares what works for his...
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Apr 29, 2013 Brian Mundy
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We’ve all been there: we’ve taken a lot of photos at some event, but we don’t want to sort through them, let alone edit and enhance the best shots to make them suitable for printing. Enter Krome Photos, a service that puts its own imaging experts to work on your pictures. And now the company is offering an iOS app so you can send in shots from your phone. Not only is the app free, it even comes with a $10 credit towards prints. The San Francisco company says its service “is a the...
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Apr 22, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Jefferson Graham is portrait photographer in Manhattan Beach, California; technology columnist for USA Today; and author of "Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video.” At The Big Photo Show in Los Angles in May, he’ll tell photographers how to best use the video features in their new cameras PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on...
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On this episode of the DIMAcast, Mike Kahn, Director of Alpha Camera Systems for Sony Electronics and president of PMDA, talks about Sony’s exhibit at The Big Photo Show, being held in Los Angeles, May 4-5, 2013, and all the innovations being introduced to consumers there. He also discusses his vision for the imaging industry over the next few years, and what it will take to bring that vision into being, and hes provides an update on Sony’s forthcoming alternatives to Instant Rebates, which...
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What does a well-run team look like, and why is important to your business? Author Bruce Piasecki follows up his best-selling book “Doin More With Less” with, well, more: “Doing More With Teams: The New Way to Winning.” www.brucepiasecki.com PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/3DGuy Paul Worthington    Senior Analyst, Consumer...
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Lessons are where you learn them. What about a sixty year old toy store that has three times the normal market share of an independent toy store? Phil Wrzesinski is the third generation owner that guides The Toy House through a mine field of competition and shifting consumer demands. Listen as Phil tells Bill McCurry the things that The Toy House does to connect with repeat and loyal customers. The lessons of successfully servicing customers are similar regardless of the industry. As you listen...
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Mar 25, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Ryan Millman has succeed not once, but three times in the photo industry. First with the targeted GreekYearbook, the leading provider for Fraternity and Sorority portraits; then with Nations Photo Lab, a more generalized Pro lab and online service provider; and now with Artsy Couture, which develops new photo products for the field of home décor. DIMAcast, Millman discusses he reasons for entering the photography build, his ambitions in business, and his advice for his colleagues in all areas...
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Mar 18, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Ryan Millman has succeed not once, but three times in the photo industry. First with the targeted GreekYearbook, the leading provider for Fraternity and Sorority portraits; then with Nations Photo Lab, a more generalized Pro lab and online service provider; and now with Artsy Couture, which develops new photo products for the field of home décor. In these two editions of the DIMAcast, Millman discusses he reasons for entering the photography build, his ambitions in business, and his advice for...
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Mar 11, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Most of us use photography to capture the real world. Now artists are using it to create a fantasy world based on pictures of real objects. Photogrammetry is used in engineering, map-making, architecture and other fields to determine geometry from a photo. Now game developers can take multiple shots of an object at differing angles, and then use the free 123Sketch software to produce a textured 3D object. When the object is placed in a game, the player can virtually walk around and see it from...
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He changed social media, proving the Power Of One. Dave Carroll is a musician with a message. He exemplifies the power one voice can have in today’s socially driven world. He’s author of one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 YouTube videos. Bill McCurry asks Dave about the impact of “United Breaks Guitars” on business today. Most importantly Bill and Dave delve into what social media means, how customer service is being reinvented, why some You Tube videos take off while others flounder and...
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Volunteer pro photographers will capture free portraits of family members of active duty members of the military at The Big Photo Show, through the PMDA’s Portraits of Love program. Working in cooperation with the USO and Shutterfly, the portraits will then be sent to deployed servicemen and women all over the world, and each family will receive a free portrait to keep for themselves. Hundreds of families are expected take part in portrait sessions held throughout the two-day event. “Thanks...
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Feb 18, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Business-owner and former PMA president Don Spring Jr. received the 2013 Hall of Fame Award —PMA’s highest honor — on Jan. 8 during the 2013 PMA@CES in Las Vegas. PMA recognized Spring for his many years of service to PMA, and to the imaging industry as a whole. In this interview for the DIMAcast, Spring recounts his start in the business, the importance of PMA to his success, and how he is now helping newcomers to the industry succeed as well. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit...
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Every year, PMA interviews its new president in an effort to allow the membership to learn more about him. But, since new PMA president Allen Showalter is just beginning his third term, we all know him pretty well already. Instead, we decided to take this opportunity to pass on to Allen many of the questions we heard from members during PMA@CES and the pre-show conferences last month – mostly centering on The Big Photo Show. On this episode of the DIMAcast, listen in as Allen answers those...
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Feb 3, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Turmoil in the marketplace brings opportunities and potential for greater profits. John Swainston and Liz Cutting bring international perspective to moneymaking opportunities from cell pictures to embracing the mobile lifestyle in this week’s DIMAcast. Bill McCurry asks them to lay out for DIMAcast listeners what they’d do to seize the myriad opportunities surrounding us all. You can listen or read the transcript at DIMAcast.com PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans...
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Jan 28, 2013 Brian Mundy
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Ron Kubara is Noritsu’s VP WorldWide Strategic Sales & Planning. In this episode of the DIMAcast, he discusses what’s happening in the picture printing business, and where opportunities await retailers and service providers. PMA TV and PMA Plus Marketing Toolkit http://www.pmai.tv Fans of the DIMAcast on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146673294032&ref=ts Brian on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/3DGuy Paul Worthington    Senior Analyst, Consumer Imaging Editor, The...